SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 10:17-25 (NLT)
Later Samuel called all the people of Israel to meet before the Lord at Mizpah. And he said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, has declared: I brought you from Egypt and rescued you from the Egyptians and from all of the nations that were oppressing you. But though I have rescued you from your misery and distress, you have rejected your God today and have said, ‘No, we want a king instead!’ Now, therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by tribes and clans.”
So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the Lord, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot. Then he brought each family of the tribe of Benjamin before the Lord, and the family of the Matrites was chosen. And finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?”
And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else.
Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the Lord has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!”
And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”
Then Samuel told the people what the rights and duties of a king were. He wrote them down on a scroll and placed it before the Lord. Then Samuel sent the people home again.
- Have you ever experienced a time when you were trying to be helpful but were rejected? How did that make you feel?
- By demanding a king the people were rejecting God's leadership - do you think its possible to have government by just following divine leadership? Why or why not?
- When Saul is named king he hides "among the baggage." Why do you think he tried to hide from this responsibility?
- Brad suggests Saul tried to hide because he didn't want the responsibility of leading. What do you think? During the pandemic, or at other times, have you ever shirked your responsibilities?
- Brad says one way to believe we can live into our responsibilities is to see ourselves as God sees us - beloved, unique and precious. Do you see yourself this way?